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New defense service enhances intelligence capabilities

Posted April 24, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The Defense Department has begun a new effort to better integrate defense intelligence with the broader intelligence community and make the department a better, more versatile organization, a senior Pentagon spokesman told reporters April 24. “What we’ve done here is we’ve formed a new effort here called the Defense Clandestine Service,” said Navy Capt. John…

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Vice chiefs testify on readiness, contingency funding

Posted May 10, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The services’ vice chiefs testified on readiness during a Capitol Hill hearing May 10, with most stressing the continuing need for overseas contingency operations funding. “These continue to be challenging times for our nation’s military, and we’ve been at war now for over a decade,” Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, Army vice chief of…

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Army assesses current vehicles as part of Ground Combat Vehicle development

Posted May 22, 2012 by by Ashley Piper

Last week, the U.S. Army began operational assessments of existing combat vehicles to validate capabilities against requirements for a new Infantry Fighting Vehicle. The effort, known as the...

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Marine Corps, Air Force pilots temporarily swap services

Posted June 12, 2012 by by SrA. Melanie Holochwost

Two instructor pilots assigned to the 310th Fighter Squadron are currently on very similar and overlapping career paths at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., as part of the Joint Service Pilot Exchange Program.

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Westphal looks ahead to Army of 2020

Posted June 21, 2012 by by Elizabeth M. Collins

Change, or rather, adaptation, is coming. Much of it is forced by budget cuts: The Army’s fiscal year 2013 budget request calls for about $18 billion less than fiscal year 2012, with additional cuts coming over...

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A-10 first aircraft to use alcohol-based fuel

Posted July 2, 2012 by by Minty Knighton

On June 28, the 40th Flight Test Squadron made history at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., flying the first aircraft to use a new fuel blend derived from alcohol.

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SecAF visits Heavy Airlift Wing in Hungary

Posted July 13, 2012 by by MSgt. Wayne Clark

During his first visit to this small Hungarian base located roughly two hours from Budapest, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley met with Heavy Airlift Wing senior leaders, U.S. Airmen and Boeing contractors at Pápa Air Base,Hungary, July 11.

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U.S. Osprey aircraft arrive in Japan amid protests

Posted July 24, 2012 by by Eric Talmadge

A shipload of the U.S. military's latest transport aircraft arrived in Japan July 23 amid protests over safety issues that have aggravated...

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Defense official: Cuts hit war fighters, weapons

Posted August 6, 2012 by by Donna Cassata

War fighters heading to Afghanistan would receive less training while the Navy would be forced to buy fewer ships if lawmakers fail in the next five months to come up with an alternative deficit-reduction plan, a Pentagon official said Aug. 1. Imploring Congress to act, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and the White House’s acting…

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Air National Guard helicopter crews join California wildfire fight

Posted August 18, 2012 by by Maj. Alyson M. Teeter

Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing have been demonstrating their dynamic life-saving capabilities by fighting fires in California since Sunday, August 12....

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